Career Pathways

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CEC Inverness’ four career pathways are projected to lead today’s young adults into some of the fastest-growing, highest demand occupations of the next 10 years. After completing a series of pathway-specific courses, the student can earn an industry-recognized credential that will lead them confidently into a competitive and demanding world with relevant knowledge, experience, and credentials.

CECI supports this learning in every possible way: CECI has specialized classrooms and equipment for each of these career pathways and our teachers are credentialed and experienced to teach useful and practical knowledge.

See below to learn more about CEC Inverness' specialized career pathways.
CECI’s business/entrepreneurship pathway provides students the ability to explore the basics of business ownership. Our goal is to foster innovative and entrepreneurial behaviors by engaging students with hands-on learning that encourage students to research, practice, manufacture, and test the viability of their business concept. Students will gain experience, insights, and feedback from myriad stakeholders to improve their business for the preparation of a practical launch.

After the completion of our four, sequenced-based, semester-long courses, students will begin to understand the core business principles, including the essentials needed to prepare, launch and maintain a successful business, while having the ability to earn the ESB certificate that validates the students’ preparedness.
Level 1- Introduction to Business
Introduces the application of fundamental business principles to local, national, and international forums. This course examines the relationship of economic systems, governance, regulations, and law upon business operations. It surveys the concepts of career development, business ownership, finance and accounting, economics, marketing, management, operations, human resources, regulations, and business ethics.

Level 2- Business Communication and Report Writing
Emphasizes effective business writing and covers letters, memoranda, reports, application letters, and resumes. Includes the fundamentals of business communication and an introduction to international communication.

Level 3- Introduction to Entrepreneurship
The student will evaluate the business skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture and review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. The student will understand the role of entrepreneurial businesses in the United States and the impact on our national and global economy.

Level 4- Capstone
The foundation of a successful business is a solid business plan. This comprehensive course dives into the details of developing a plan, and students emerge with a first draft of a sound business plan.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certificate (ESB)
The ESB is a certification from Certiport, sponsored by Intuit, that ensures tomorrow's leaders are prepared with the toolkit they need to have key conceptual knowledge of entrepreneurial and small business principles for those students interested in working in a middle-skill trade profession as their own boss and those with entrepreneurship and small business career aspirations. The ESB certification is built to test and validate foundation-level concepts and knowledge in entrepreneurship and small business management. These core concepts include entrepreneurship; recognizing and evaluating opportunities; planning for, starting, and operating a business; marketing and sales; and financial management.
Health Sciences Pathway
Biotechnology focuses on the understanding of health and the methods for diagnosing and treating disease. with comprehensive knowledge and skills in the fundamental sciences relevant to modern medicine such as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology and physiology, anatomy, clinical pathology, immunology, infectious disease, neuroscience, and pharmacology. Biomedical science helps society by applying new scientific knowledge to medicine and healthcare. Careers in this field are often either research-oriented or lab-focused.

Level 1 – Principles of Biomedical Science
This course introduces students to different topics related to the medical field. Topics covered will include safe practices in the workplace, interactions of the human body systems, homeostatic balance, protection, support, movement, infectious diseases, medical treatment, research processes, bioinformatics, HIPAA and human medicine. Human Medicine areas of study will include prevention, diagnosis, treatment, genetics, public health, and biomedical engineering. The appropriate use of technology and industry-standard equipment is an integral part of this course.

Level 2 – General College Biology with Lab: GT-SC1 - (CE -BIO 111)
Examines the fundamental molecular, cellular, and genetic principles characterizing plants and animals. Includes cell structure and function and the metabolic processes of respiration and photosynthesis, as well as cell reproduction and basic concepts of heredity. This course includes laboratory experience.

Level 3 – Introduction to Biotechnology - (CE - BIO 160):
Introduces the student to modern molecular biology technologies that include DNA, RNA, and proteins and prepares them for research and industry. Laboratory experience includes sterile technique, microscopy, media preparation, and bacterial culturing.

Level 4 – Biotechnology Capstone
This course allows for advanced work in any Program of Study. This advanced work can be individualized to the specific program of study to allow for specialized study for the student. It may include project-based learning or preparation for the end of program industry certification. Specific content and course design will be determined by the instructor in collaboration with the individual student.

Biotechnology Certificate (NCSHE) or BACE Certification
The Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) is an industry-recognized exam designed to assess core skills and knowledge sets identified by industry and represented within the academic and performance standards of Biotechnology programs. The exam was originally vetted by the state of Florida’s industry organization, BioFlorida, which represents more than 3,000 companies and research organizations in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioagriculture sectors. Since its creation, BACE has been assessed by national and international companies as other states adopt the exam.
Engineering and Technology/Computer-Aided Design: This is a pathway designed for students who want to implement the Engineering Design Process (EDP). An emphasis on thinking critically will be used to solve real-world scenarios through the EDP process. A focus on CAD is emphasized so that a certificate can be obtained.
Level 1 – Engineering Design
Engineering Design introduces students to the STEM cluster for students interested in learning more about careers in engineering and technology. This course covers the basic skills required for engineering and technology fields of study. Upon completion of this course, students can identify and explain the steps in the engineering design process. They can evaluate an existing engineering design, use fundamental sketching and engineering drawing techniques, complete simple design projects using the engineering design process, and effectively communicate design solutions to others. They will also be able to identify simple and complex machines and follow the steps in the engineering design process to complete a team project, and effectively communicate design solutions to others.

Level 2 – Computer-Aided Drafting/2D I (CAD 101)
Focuses on basic computer-aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes file management, Cartesian coordinate system & dynamic input, drawing templates, drawing aids, linetype, and lineweights, layer usage, drawing & editing geometric objects, polylines & splines, array, text applications, creating tables, basic dimensioning and Help access.

Level 3 – Computer-Aided Drafting/2D II (CAD 102)
Focuses on intermediate 2D Computer-aided drafting skills using the AutoCAD software. Includes blocks, wblocks & dynamic blocks, hatching, isometric drawings, advanced dimensioning and dimension variables, layouts, paper space and viewports, templates, external references, attributes, raster images, & printing/plotting.

Level 4 – Robotics Design (EGG 106)/Experimental Design (EGG 151)
Focuses on the process of building an autonomous robot from the initial design to final evaluation. Includes design and building of the mechanical structure, the electrical system, as well as, programming and integration of all systems to produce a fully functional autonomous robot capable of performing a series of proscribed tasks. Culminates with a detailed evaluation of both the robot and its performance. Introduces the student to the design and construction of scientific and engineering experiments. Includes the entire life cycle of the experiment, from design, to construction, to analysis of data and communication of final results.

Autodesk Certified User (AutoCAD/Fusion 360/Inventor)
An Autodesk Certified User certification in AutoCAD validates the entry-level skills needed to effectively use AutoCAD software. Knowledge demonstrated includes creating or plotting drawings, editing objects, working with layouts, etc. 
An Autodesk Certified User (ACU) certification in Autodesk Fusion 360™ demonstrates product development skills using 3D CAD, CAM, and CAE tools to explore design ideas with an integrated concept-to-product toolset.
An Autodesk Inventor Certified User certification demonstrates entry-level knowledge that includes creating, modifying, formatting, and sharing 2D sketches, creating parts, viewing, and animating assemblies, creating presentations and drawings, etc.
This is a pathway designed for students who have an interest in setting up and securing networks. An emphasis on detecting network insecurities and vulnerabilities allows the student to fix the underlying issue.
Students who complete this pathway will obtain a certification that can lead to an associate of applied science in Cybersecurity or career placement.

Level 1 - Computer Science Foundation
Computer Science Foundations (CSF) is a course intended to provide students with exposure to various information technology occupations and pathways such as Networking Systems, Coding, Web Design, and Cybersecurity. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to describe various information technology (IT) occupations and professional organizations. Moreover, they will be able to demonstrate logical thought processes and discuss the social, legal, and ethical issues encountered in the IT profession. Depending on the focus area, proficient students will also demonstrate an understanding of electronics and basic digital theory; project management and teamwork; client relations; causes and prevention of Internet security breaches; and writing styles appropriate for web publication. Upon completion of the CSF course, students will be prepared to make an informed decision about which Information Technology program of study to pursue.

Level 2 – Fundamentals of UNIX (CIS 220)
Covers the structure and fundamentals of the UNIX operating system. Includes the files system and file processing, various utility programs, and shell, multiuser operation, text processing, and communications.

Level 3 – Unix/Linux Server Admin (CNG 202)
Provides students with the knowledge and skills required to configure, administer, and secure data, users and services in a UNIX or Linux server environment. Emphasis will be on command-line interface (CLI). Topics will also include system monitoring, performance tuning, troubleshooting and interoperability with Windows servers and clients.

Level 4 – Cooperative Learning
Provides students an opportunity to gain practical experience in applying their occupational skills and/or to develop specific skills in a practical work setting. The Instructor works with the student to select an appropriate work site, establish learning objectives, and to coordinate learning activities with the employer or worksite supervisor.

Linux+ Certification
The new CompTIA Linux+ is for the IT pro who will use Linux to manage everything from cars and smartphones to servers and supercomputers, as a vast number of enterprises use Linux in cloud, cybersecurity, mobile and web administration applications.
CompTIA Linux+ covers common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, and networking.